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meet our team

Our Management Team

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

La Maternelle was established by my husband and myself in 2000. I now oversee all our facilities working alongside my son Will, my son Peter and his wife Vicki.  La Maternelle is french for ‘homely place’ and that is what we, as a family, aim to provide for all children in our care, thus creating a ’ home from home ’ environment and ethos where children can relax, have fun, thrive and be nurtured by a team of highly professional staff.

It is, therefore, our priority to recruit dedicated and inspirational staff, who share this goal with us, ensuring they build positive caring relationships with the children and their families. We, in turn, respect all staff in each of the roles they hold and strive to support them in their own professional development, by offering them access to first class training both ‘in house’ and by external agencies.  This both enhances their practice within the setting and offers them an opportunity to flourish in a high quality setting.

Following our Safeguarding policy we have strict and thorough procedures for recruiting and vetting all staff, thus allowing us to be confident in our selection and judgement. We value the crucial role they hold in our day to day organisation of La Maternelle. 

I now ,with pride, introduce you to our senior members of staff. 

Vicki Brown

Vicki Brown

Vicki holds two roles at La Maternelle. Firstly, she co ordinates the Early Years practice within the setting to ensure that we continue to provide high quality care and education for the children. Her second role is as one of the managers of the setting.  She has Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Early Years Teacher Status. Vicki also works for Manchester Metropolitan University as an assessor for the Early Years Teacher course. This involves visiting other nurseries to mentor, support and assess Early Years Teachers within the Cheshire and Manchester areas.  She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.  She opened the setting in Wistaston in September 2004 with her husband (Peter), mother in law (Claire) & brother in law (Will). Prior to this she worked as a reception class teacher in Crewe. 

Vicki is committed to providing high quality care for children and families.  She wants children to enjoy their time at La Maternelle and feel ‘at home’ here. She also wants parents to feel 100% comfortable leaving their child in our care knowing that they are safe and enjoy spending time there with the other children and staff. She is passionate about continuing to maintain this high standard and continuing to develop La Maternelle.

She has 3 children, Louie, Annie & Ollie who occupy most of her time outside of nursery! She enjoys spending time with her children and taking them to different places.  She has a keen interest in the ‘Early Years’  and also likes to keep up to date with research into Early Years’ practice by reading and researching information.  In her leisure time she enjoys socialising with her friends, having a glass of wine and eating nice food!

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Peter has worked at La Maternelle since it was established in February 2000. His role is to manage the Out of School Clubs at Stapeley and Pear Tree. He also manages admissions, accounts, invoicing & funding for the nursery & pre-school in Wistaston.

Peter has a degree in Sports and Environmental Science, an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development and is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.  He holds an accreditation the in Safeguarding of Children.

His main aim when working with children is to ensure they have a fun and exciting time whilst in our care, by creating a happy working environment, where they are all allowed to express themselves and flourish.  On a more personal note, Peter enjoys spending time with his 3 children Louie, Annie & Ollie.

Will Brown

Will Brown

Will has worked at La Maternelle since it was established in February 2000.  He qualified as a manager in 2003 gaining his NVQ 3 in Childcare Learning and Development. He is also qualified in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and has received an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children. During the day Will is based at the Wistaston office where he is one of the Managers of the setting. He also manages the financial side of the business e.g payroll, invoicing and accounts. 

Will is passionate about the children having fun and feeling comfortable in the setting by offering a fun, warm, homely environment full of resources to support and enhance their learning and development.

In his spare time he enjoys all sports including rugby, football, basketball and golf.  He also likes to keep fit by going to the gym.  He has played rugby union at Crewe & Nantwich RUFC since the age of eight and in the 2008-2009 season was First XV captain. 

Sian Pownall

Sian Pownall

Sian has worked at La Maternelle since 2007 and manages our Wistaston Day Nursery.  She is an Early Years Teacher and also has a degree in Psychology and an NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development.  She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene and also holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children. 

In her spare time Sian enjoys exploring new restaurants and going on walks in the countryside.

Becky Postles

Becky Postles

Becky has worked for La Maternelle since May 2010 and has over 8 years previous experience working with young children. Becky manages our Sandbach setting and is the age range leader for the 0-2 year old’s across our settings.
Becky has an Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Leisure Management and a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. Becky is trained in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Health and Safety. She has also attended Makaton sign training and holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

In her spare time Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends and often visits the theatre as she has an interest in dance.

Kadie Law

Kadie Law

Kadie has worked for La Maternelle since 2007. Kadie is the Assistant Manager of our Wistaston Day Nursery and also manages the Star Room (2-4 years).  She has an NVQ level 2 & 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Kadie has two children who she enjoys to spend time with and go on family days out.

Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

Kelly is an Assistant Manager at our Wistaston Day Nursery and also one of the Room Managers of the Rainbow Room.  She joined the staff team in September 2010.  Kelly holds a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and is also trained in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. She also holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children. 

Kelly enjoys her job and loves to make the day fun for the children.  Kelly enjoys swimming and spending time with her family and friends.

Ella Gray

Ella Gray

Ella has worked for La Maternelle since 2013. Ella is the Assistant Manager of our Sandbach Day Nursery and also manages the Star Room (3-4 years).  She has an NVQ level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. She is qualified in Paediatric First Aid. 

In her spare time Ella enjoys socialising with her friends and going shopping!.

Jodie Baker

Jodie Baker

Jodie Baker has worked at La Maternelle since 2008. She is an Assistant Manager at our Wistaston Day Nursery and also manages our Rainbow Room (2-3 years).  Jodie is NVQ Level 2 & 3 qualified in Childcare, Learning & Development. She is fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. Jodie also holds an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

Jodie finds everyday an opportunity to develop and grow, not only for the children, but for herself.  Jodie loves her job and everything it entails. During her spare time she enjoys dancing, socialising and going on adventures. This helps within her role, as you can usually find her outdoors, exploring the wildlife with the children!

Our Room Managers

Rebecca Horner

Rebecca Horner

Rebecca has worked at La Maternelle since April 2014.  She is a Room Manager in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Rebecca is currently working towards her Early Years Teacher Status.  She has a degree in Education and Sociology and a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and is First Aid Trained. 

Rebecca is a fluent Welsh speaker and enjoys going to visit family in North Wales during her spare time and playing with her kittens.

Sammi Blackledge

Sammi Blackledge

Sammi has worked at La Maternelle since September 2013.  She is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery.  Sammi holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare Learning and Development.  Sammi is also trained in Paediatric First Aid and Basic Safeguarding. 

In her spare Sammi is a coach for Cheshire Blades Lightning Football Team.  She also has a season ticket at Crewe Alex Football Club.  Sammi also enjoys walking her dog ‘Bentley’. 

Emilee Warr

Emilee Warr

Emilee has worked for La Maternelle since 2007. She is a Room Manager in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) in our Wistaston Day Nursery.  She holds an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development and is qualified in Food Hygiene and First Aid. She has also been awarded an accreditation in the Safeguarding of Children.

In her spare time she is a leader at a local youth club and helps to run a girlguiding Rainbows’ group.  She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Hannah Carter-Bloor

Hannah Carter-Bloor

Hannah has worked at La Maternelle since our Sandbach setting opened in March 2016.  She is a Room Manager in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery and is responsible for settling and supporting the youngest of our children.
Hannah has a Level 2 Diploma for the Children and young peoples workforce and is currently working towards her Level 3 Diploma. Hannah is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and food Hygiene. Hannah has also attended basic safeguarding training.

Hannah likes spending time with her family and likes to be out and about. Hannah really enjoys taking her dogs for big long walks.

Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts

Amy has worked at La Maternelle since March 2016 when our Sandbach setting opened.  She is a Room Manager in our Rainbow Room (2-3 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery and is responsible for supporting the children who have transitioned from the Sunshine Room.
Amy has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in Paediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene. Amy has also attended basic Safeguarding training.

In her spare time, Amy likes to spend time with her partner and friends and also enjoys going shopping. 

Kayleigh Finbow

Kayleigh Finbow

Kayleigh has worked at La Maternelle since February 2015.  She is a Room Manager in our Rainbow Room (2-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Kayleigh is one of the Two Year old leads at La Maternelle.  Kayleigh has a level 3 qualifaction in childcare and is also trained in Paediatric First Aid and Basic Safeguarding.  Kayleigh is also responsible for supporting the children who are transitioning from the Sunshine Room (0-2 years). 

In her spare time Kayleigh enjoys looking for new ways to decorate her home.

Our Lead Senior Practitioners

Emma Rees

Emma Rees

Emma has worked at La Maternelle since January 2011.  Emma is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Emma has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Emma has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with friends and family. 

Cait Roberts

Cait Roberts

Cait has worked at La Maternelle since January 2012.  Cait is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Star Room (3-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Cait has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Cait has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Cait enjoys spending time with her little girl Matilda and her little boy Oscar.

Helene Crochard

Helene Crochard

Helene has worked at La Maternelle since March 2015.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Helene holds a Level 3 Childcare qualification. 

Helene is a fluent French speaker and often teaches the children new French rhymes.  In her spare time Helene enjoys spending time with her partner and looking after her cats.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah has worked at La Maternelle since August 2016.  Leah is a Senior Practitioner in our Rainbow Room (2-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Leah has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Leah has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Leah enjoys spending time with her little girl Amelia and her little boy Lucas.  She is also very fond of horse riding!

Claire Ollier

Claire Ollier

Claire has worked at La Maternelle since August 2016.  Claire is a Lead Senior Practitioner in our Rainbow Room (2-3 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery and supports the children who transition from the Sunshine Room (0-2 years). 
Claire has a Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce and is qualified in First Aid. Claire has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time with her friends and family. 

Our Senior Practitioners

Lauren Griffiths

Lauren Griffiths

Lauren has worked at La Maternelle since January 2014.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Lauren holds a Level 2 Childcare qualification and is working towards her Level 3 qualification.  Lauren also has a qualification in basic safeguarding practice and Paediatric First Aid. 

In her spare time Lauren enjoys watching films with her friends and family.  She is also partial to a glass of red wine!

Harrie Bailey

Harrie Bailey

Harrie has worked at La Maternelle since September 2013.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Star Room (2-4 years) at our Wistaston Day Nursery.  Harrie holds a Level 3 Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. 

Harrie has a little boy called Theo who attends our Wistaston setting and in her spare time she loves having days out with her son and partner.

Rebecca Pirrazzo

Rebecca Pirrazzo

Rebecca has worked at La Maternelle since October 2016.  Rebecca is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery. 
Rebecca has a NVQ Level 3 in children’s care, learning and development and is qualified in First Aid. Rebecca has also attended basic safeguarding training.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with her daughter and in particular likes to visit the farm with her. 

Hayley Boardman

Hayley Boardman

Hayley has worked at La Maternelle since March 2016.  She is a Senior Practitioner in our Sunshine Room (0-2 years) at our Sandbach Day Nursery.  Hayley holds a Level 3 Qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. 

In her spare time Hayley enjoys playing hockey at her local club. 


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